Rain greeted us on our return to Larford lakes for our Beechwood Baits social and after a walk round the match lake my mind was made up it was peg 43 for me giving me 2 margin swims, Lilly pads and a Island to cast to

Three swims for my pole line included some tricky looking Lilly pads to my left and two margin swins at 5m and  8m to my right up against the bank , my feeder line comprised of 34g guru method feeder and a selection of hooks with bands and spikes at various lengths

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8mm pellets and wafters soaked in trigonella glug and corn were my main hook baits constantly firing a few pellets in every cast of the feeder .

Once I found my range with the feeder it was best to come off the island by about 3ft to avoid branches and leaves the fish started to come steady . Bream  and carp liking what was on offer

Plenty of fish movement around the lake which for a while I had to myself until the rest of the lads on the match side of the Beechwoodbaits social joined me as the fish  seemed to be spawning on the specimen lake and they were soon into the fish

Plenty of bites still on the feeder but choosing to leave it for a while as it seemed the smaller fish had moved in on the groundbait , this decision now became a pattern for my fishing giving it 30 minutes a time swapping from pole to feeder during the course of the day

Lots more fish came as the day went on constantly feeding now introducing dead red maggots to my feed and liquidised corn this holding and attracting fish to my chosen swims

Sitting off and having a chat with the lads it seemed like we was all having a decent days fishing even though we were disappointed not being able to fish the specimen lake, but nature was doing its thing and there will always be another day

time was moving on and the fish had moved into the margins so casting the feeder  into my 8m swim and using the pole at about 6m got me some fish but loosing quite a lot with the fish snatching at the bait and shooting into the open water at a rate of knotts

A great days fishing on a day that started at 3-30am to travel down to Larford lakes seen me catch a lot of Carp and just as many if not more Skimmers and Bream,the fish were definitely in my swim(s) but I think the skill was keeping them there and then getting them in the net on balanced set ups and well presented bait

 Due to spawning and match commitments I managed a sneaky hour on the specimen lake Saturday morning this brought me this 12lb mirror carp on double red maggots  this took me over 25 minutes to get in the net as I was only using Daiwa white hydro elastic

Arena Lake

Probably the least fished of the 3 lakes at Larford but wow I think we would all love to have this at the bottom of our garden!  No fixed pegs with a high bank on one side and a bank that enters the water on the other side letting you stay protected from the wind if you choose so.

Bait for the day seen me try something new.

My Slow Sinking Pellets had been glugged in Trigonella  for near two weeks now and smelt delicious!

on the waggler and bomb rods feeding 8mm trigonella pellets

Not using this bait before it was a bit of a learning curve for me so I started off on 15″ hook lengths on both waggler and bomb and a size 16 hook with a bait band on, the shape of the SSP suits the band perfect, firing in 2/3 pellets every 30 seconds soon got the carp turning on them but it took about 30 minutes to get my first fish.

 A few more were netted whilst we still had cloud cover keeping the feed going in which was keeping the fish very competitive in my swim

Swapping over to the bomb casting in over the feed from the waggler kept the fish coming still feeding 2/3 pellets and casting regular

This session was going great I was firmly into my groove my feeding pattern was steady and the cloud cover was dictating my method of fishing

The fish were of a really good size not going below 4lb but fighting like fish twice their weight.

The highlight of the day was a stunning Common carp just over 16lb caught on the pole using the SSP this took me over 20 mins to get in from a swim I had been feeding with several large balls of ground bait and glugged small pieces of meat.

Typical match style venues can put you on some tricky pegs to fish so having some of this kit from Preston Innovations below realy helped me on uneven banks and very narrow platforms

Finding a flavor that suited the venue I was  fishing and then adding it to SSP really worked a treat for me today and as I mentioned before they were all good size carp plenty of them knocking on around 10lb, this product excites me because it seems to have possibly filtered out the smaller carp and the bream and has so many variants whether it be bomb, waggler or even the pole.  Still a bit more tinkering to get the finished product

Cracking few days at Larford lakes were we all caught well , learnt a bit and had a good laugh

tight lines Brian